Successful dieting depends on the type of foods that we eat. So much of what we put into our body is just junk food. Very little nutritional value and many times way too high in fat, sugar and salt.
Take inventory of what is in your cupboards and pantry. What foods are you feeding your body? Write down everything that you are presently eating as a regular part of your diet.
1. Begin replacing high calorie foods with ones that are lower in calories. For example, drink fat-free milk instead of whole milk and water with a twist of lemon rather than high calorie, high sugar content, soft drinks. Eat an extra spoonful of vegetables at dinner instead of another slice of meat. Choose sliced fresh fruit for snacks instead of chips. Little changes like these make a big difference in your caloric intake.
2. Serve smaller portions. Resist the urge to fill your plate from rim to rim. Serve up slightly less than what you think you’ll eat. You can always have seconds, if you are still hungry.
3. Never eat from a container or bag. You need to see what you are eating in order to get a sense of how much you’re eating. Seeing food on a plate or in a bowl is much more appetizing and easier for you to realize when you’re full and satisfied.
4. Be sure to check food labels for the serving size and number of calories per serving.
5. Stop eating as soon as you feel full. Don’t take another bit past that full feeling. Remember, your next meal is only a few hours away.
If you enjoy counting calories, a fitness journal is a great place to calculate the number of calories that you eat at each meal. Be sure to include all the condiments, snacks and drinks that you have throughout the day, too. Stay tuned for additional posts about how keeping a journal can be your key to successful weight loss. Fitness4Her, a diet and exercise program developed exclusively for women shares all the secrets of losing weight, gaining weight and looking your very best.